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The 39th Toronto International Film Festival has released its complete lineup of films along with the schedule of screening dates, times, and venues for all titles. This year's event runs from September 4-14 and is considered by many to be the premiere film festival in the Western Hemisphere, second in the world only to Cannes. Almost every major Academy Award-winning movie of the past few years debuted at TIFF. I'll be there, covering the event live for the ninth year in a row.
I've attended 70 film festivals since the start of 2006, but none as prestigious or breathtaking in scope as this one. I saw over 225 films there from 2006-2013, and many of my year-end Top Picks across all festivals over the past few years (of over 1420 in total) came from the TIFF lineup.
Previously announced titles include 59 Galas and Special Presentations, 45 titles in the Midnight Madness, TIFF Docs, Vanguard, and Masters sections, 27 Canadian narrative and documentary features, the Short Cuts Canada section, seven additional titles in the Galas section, 17 in Special Presentations, and 51 films in the Contemporary World Cinema and Speakers programs, the Wavelengths section (including four shorts programs, five medium length groupings, and 13 features), City to City (eight features), Cinematheque (six features), Future Projections (five total programs), and the new Short Cuts International section.
Today the final list was revealed (listed below). The announcement includes 29 more films in the Discovery section (10 Canadian titles were previously announced), three features and six "Conversations with..." in Mavericks, and four features in the TIFF Kids section. Additional titles were also announced in Special Presentations (three), Masters (four), TIFF Docs (two), Vanguard (one), and Contemporary World Cinema (two). The Next Wave and Manifesto programs were also unveiled, both consisting of previously announced films. In total, this year's festival consists of 393 films including 285 features. Of those features, there are 143 World Premieres, 34 International Premieres, and 73 North American Premieres. Last year saw 146 World and 103 North American Premieres.
In addition, the schedule including dates, times, and locations of screenings is now online along with the official list of expected guests. The program book can be picked up now the Festival Box Office, 225 King Street West inside the Metro Centre. A special section about TIFF will appear in the Toronto Star on Thursday, August 28, which will include the full film schedule.
Single tickets will go on sale August 31 by cash, debit, or online at TIFF.net/thefestival, by phone at 416-599-TIFF or toll free at 1-888-599-8433 (10 AM to 7 PM daily), or in person at the Festival Box Office, 225 King Street West inside the Metro Centre. Everything you could ever want to know about getting tickets is posted HERE.
Not that I wasn't incredibly excited about the festival before...but today's announcements have really set my heart racing as I prepare to head to Toronto just two weeks from Thursday. I'll be posting my 2014 edition of "How To Do The Toronto International Film Festival - Real Tips For Real People." survival guide series along with previews of some of my "Best Bets" in the days to come. Then I'll be there covering as many films and Q&As as I can fit into my schedule. And, as usual, you can expect photos and video of the post-screening discussions, interviews, and reviews of my Top Picks during and after the festival. I'll be Tweeting live again and posting reports on this site whenever possible.
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Here are all the films added to the final schedule today along with the official guest list:
The 50 Year Argument - Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi, USA - Canadian Premiere
The world of New York intellectuals has often been memorialized in books, but rarely on film. Martin Scorsese teams up with David Tedeschi (editor on several Scorsese documentaries) to direct The 50 Year Argument, a documentary tribute to The New York Review of Books whose 50-year history saw it frequently on the frontlines of cultural and political debate. The film features a wide array of interviews with the magazine’s international contributors, all of whom exemplify the power of language to provoke, illuminate and effect change. Sitting at the helm is Bob Silvers, who has edited the magazine for its entire history, having done so alongside Barbara Epstein until her death in 2006. In this Mavericks presentation, the screening of the film will be followed by a conversation with Silvers and co-director Tedeschi.
Do I Sound Gay? - David Thorpe, USA - World Premiere
In his feature-length documentary debut Do I Sound Gay?, journalist David Thorpe embarks on a hilarious and touching journey of self-discovery, confronting his anxiety about “sounding gay.” Enlisting acting coaches, linguists, friends, family, total strangers and celebrities, he quickly learns that many people — both gay and straight — often wish for a different voice. His personal journey uncovers layers of cultural baggage concerning sexuality, identity, and self-esteem, gaining frank and funny perspectives from public figures such as comedian Margaret Cho, actor George Takei, sex-advice columnist Dan Savage, fashion guru Tim Gunn, and writer David Sedaris. This Mavericks world-premiere presentation of Do I Sound Gay? is followed by a live discussion between Thorpe and Savage, whose trademark wit and insight promise a dynamic, stimulating conversation.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Julie Taymor, USA - International Premiere
Of all Shakespeare’s plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the most phantasmagorical, with fairies, spells, and hallucinatory lovers. His flights of fancy are well matched to the talents of Julie Taymor, who turns out a production that’s visually breathtaking, funny, sexy, and darkly poetic. This immersive, inventive cinematic experience took place during Taymor’s highly acclaimed inaugural stage production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the new Polonsky Center in Brooklyn, New York in 2013. Characteristic of Taymor, the feats of visual imagination are ingenious and plentiful, but beating at the centre of the film is an emotionally moving take on the deeper human aspects of this beloved tale. Having gone from experimental theatre to rejuvenating the Broadway musical with The Lion King, Taymor repeatedly takes risks on films, from Frida and Across the Universe to Titus and The Tempest. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, she displays her creative powers in their peak form. After the screening, Taymor will participate in an extended conversation about its making.
Mavericks Conversation With… Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua
Denzel Washington is one of the film world’s most prominent leading men, known best for his galvanizing portrayals of both real-life figures (Malcolm X, The Hurricane, American Gangster) and fictional characters (Philadelphia, Devil in a Blue Dress, Flight). Washington returns to the Festival starring in The Equalizer, an intense thriller that reunites him with director Antoine Fuqua (Brooklyn’s Finest, Shooter, Olympus Has Fallen) for the first time since their Oscar-winning collaboration on Training Day. In this Mavericks conversation, Washington and Fuqua will take the stage to discuss their own work as well as their remarkable collaborations.
Mavericks Conversation With… Juliette Binoche
From the moment Juliette Binoche stepped from stage to screen, her career has blazed with magnificent intensity. Discovered by Jean-Luc Godard, who cast her in 1985’s Je vous salue, Marie!, Binoche has been honoured for a succession of very fine and sensitive performances that have earned her the main prizes at the Berlin, Venice, and Cannes film festivals, ascending to the heights of Oscar fame when she won Best Supporting Actress for her work in The English Patient. Admired for the visionary filmmakers she has chosen to work with, and for the daring choices she has made as an actor, she’s never afraid to throw herself completely and fully into a variety of roles. As one of the most beloved and honoured actors in contemporary cinema, Binoche discusses an extraordinary career that has taken her from Godard to Godzilla, and her performance in the Festival selection Clouds of Sils Maria.
Mavericks Conversation With… Reese Witherspoon
A singular presence in Hollywood blockbusters and independent cinema alike, Reese Witherspoon specializes in defying expectations. With plenty of great characters under her belt that have seen her evolve from child star to comedic heroine (Legally Blonde) to dramatic powerhouse (Walk the Line), Witherspoon stars in two films at the Festival this year. In Jean-Marc Vallée’s Wild she plays Cheryl Strayed, a woman who overcomes a series of personal tragedies by hiking 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail; and in The Good Lie she’s an employment agency counsellor whose encounter with a trio of Sudanese refugees opens both her heart and her view of the world beyond her Kansas City home. The Academy Award®-winner will hit the stage for a special conversation on the occasion of the premieres of her highly anticipated new films.
Mavericks Conversation With… Richard Gere
Richard Gere’s long and diverse career spans from his sensational series of screen roles in the ’70s and ’80s (Looking For Mr. Goodbar, Days of Heaven, American Gigolo) to box-office hits (Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, Chicago), and has seen him collaborate with heavyweight directors such Terrence Malick, Francis Ford Coppola, Paul Schrader and Robert Altman. Gere appears in the Festival in Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind — which he also produced — starring as a homeless man desperate to reconnect with his estranged daughter in one of his most vital roles yet. It’s the opposite of the slick roles with which he became associated early on, and proof of his continued commitment to risk-taking and self-reinvention. An artist disinclined to rest on his laurels, Gere takes the stage in this Mavericks session to reflect on his diverse four-decade career as movie star, sex symbol, style icon, political activist and devoted Tibetan Buddhist.
Mavericks Conversation With… Robert Duvall
In a career that has spanned over half a century, Robert Duvall has perhaps embodied more facets of the American psyche than any other single actor, appearing in some of the most iconic films ever made such as To Kill a Mockingbird, The Godfather, Colors, The Apostle, M*A*S*H and Apocalypse Now, as well as in the hugely popular television series The Twilight Zone and The Fugitive. With his new film, The Judge, opening this year’s Festival, the Academy Award-winning actor and director takes the stage to discuss his extensive and fascinating body of work.
Mavericks Conversation With… Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart makes his directorial debut at this year’s Festival with his feature film Rosewater, a notable departure from his satirical comedy as host of The Daily Show. In 2009, Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who has a distinguished career as a documentary filmmaker, was imprisoned in Iran for five months after his appearance on Stewart's show, accused of being an American spy. Bahari chronicled the experience in his book Then They Came For Me, which became the inspiration for Stewart’s Rosewater. In this Mavericks conversation, Stewart will talk about making the leap from performing television comedy to directing big-screen drama and will reflect on roles that journalism and satire occupy when they clash with authority. Bahari will join Stewart on stage.
Roger Waters The Wall - Sean Evans and Roger Waters, United Kingdom - World Premiere
Filmed during Waters’ sold-out 2010–2013 “The Wall Live” tour, Roger Waters The Wall delivers an exhilaratingly visceral experience of rock ‘n’ roll showmanship and storytelling. And it does much more, illuminating the music’s themes of war and loss as it follows Waters on a personally revealing road trip.
The Sound and the Fury - James Franco, USA - North American Premiere
The Sound and the Fury captures the lives and passions of the Compsons, a once proud Southern family caught in a tragic spiral of loss and misfortune. Based on the novel by Nobel Prize-winner author William Faulkner and considered among the 20th century’s greatest works, The Sound and the Fury encapsulates the universal theme of the death of honour, social injustice and forbidden love.
Starring James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson and Joey King.
St. Vincent - Theodore Melfi, USA - World Premiere
Maggie, a single mother, moves into a new home in Brooklyn with her 12-year-old son, Oliver. Forced to work long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of their new neighbour, Vincent, a retired curmudgeon with a penchant for alcohol and gambling. An odd friendship soon blossoms between the improbable pair. Together with a pregnant stripper named Daka, Vincent brings Oliver along on all the stops that make up his daily routine — the race track, a strip club, and the local dive bar. Vincent helps Oliver grow to become a man, while Oliver begins to see in Vincent something that no one else is able to: a misunderstood man with a good heart.
Starring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O'Dowd, Terrence Howard, and Jaeden Lieberher.
Foreign Body (Obce Cialo) - Krzysztof Zanussi, Poland/Italy/Russia - World Premiere
A dashing young Italian in Poland finds himself caught between two women — a novitiate nun and a ruthless corporate ladder-climber — in this lacerating vision of contemporary Poland from master filmmaker Krzysztof Zanussi. Starring Riccardo Leonelli, Agnieszka Grochowska, Agata Buzek and Weronika Rosati.
Murder in Pacot (Meurtre à Pacot) - Raoul Peck, Haiti/France/Norway - World Premiere
After the terrible January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, a privileged couple struggles to reinvent a life amid the rubbles of their villa in Port-au-Prince’s upscale neighborhood of Pacot. Destitute and in desperate need for money to repair their home, the couple decides to rent the remaining habitable part of the villa to Alex, a high-level foreign relief worker, who brings Jennifer, aka Andrémise, his Haitian girlfriend, a sassy and ambitious young woman. Co-written with acclaimed author Lyonel Trouillot, the powerful huis clos set in the earthquake’s urban and social ruins evokes a kind of “Haiti Year Zero”. Starring Alex Descas, Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin, Thibault Vinçon and Lovely Kermonde Fifi.
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (Kaguya-hime no Monogatari) - Isao Takahata, Japan - North American Premiere
Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo, a tiny girl grows into an exquisite young lady, raised by an old bamboo cutter and his wife. From the countryside to the grand capital city, even unseen she enthralls all who encounter her, including five noble suitors. Ultimately she must face her fate, the punishment for her crime. Based on the classic Japanese folktale, The Tale of The Bamboo Cutter, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya is the newest film from Studio Ghibli and the strikingly beautiful culmination of decades of contemplation by its director, Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata. Starring Aki Asakura, Kengo Kora, Takeo Chii and Nobuko Miyamoto.
Winter Sleep (Kis uykusu) - Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey/France/Germany - North American Premiere
Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in Central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal, with whom he has a stormy relationship, and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities.
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (Yume to kyôki no ohkoku) - Mami Sunada, Japan - North American Premiere
Granted unfettered access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, director Mami Sunada follows the three men who are the lifeblood of one of the world’s most celebrated animation studios — the eminent director Hayao Miyazaki, the producer Toshio Suzuki, and the elusive and influential “other director” Isao Takahata, as they rush to complete production of Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises and Takahata’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (Toronto International Film Festival 2014 official selection).
The Years of Fierro (Los años de Fierro) - Santiago Esteinou, Mexico - North American Premiere
The Years of Fierro tells the story of César Fierro, the oldest Mexican prisoner on death row in the United States. César has waited for an execution date for more than 30 years, always insisting that he is innocent. This documentary is a reflection on justice, imprisonment and brotherly love, through the eyes of César and his brother, Sergio. These two brothers hope to meet again, no matter the time or the distance.
The Voices - Marjane Satrapi, USA/Germany - Canadian Premiere
This genre-bending tale centres around Jerry, a lovable but disturbed factory worker who yearns for attention from a woman in accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn, Jerry’s evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog lead him down a fantastical path where he ultimately finds salvation. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick and Jacki Weaver.
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA
Cut Bank - Matt Shakman, USA - International Premiere
Twenty-five-year-old Dwayne McLaren, a former athlete turned auto mechanic, dreams of getting out of tiny Cut Bank, Montana — the coldest town in America. But his effort to do so sets in motion a deadly series of events that change his life and the life of the town forever.
Tigers - Danis Tanović, India/France/United Kingdom - World Premiere
Devastated when he discovers the effects of the cheap, locally-made drugs he peddles for a Pakistani pharmaceuticals firm, a young salesman challenges the system and the powers that be, in this based-on-fact drama from Academy Award-winning director Danis Tanović (No Man’s Land).
’71 - Yann Demange, United Kingdom - Canadian Premiere
A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe and increasingly wary of his own comrades, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorienting, alien and deadly landscape. Starring Jack O'Connell, Paul Anderson, Richard Dormer and Sean Harris.
Adult Beginners - Ross Katz, USA - World Premiere
A young, narcissistic entrepreneur crashes and burns on the eve of his company’s big launch. With his entire life in total disarray, he leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged pregnant sister, brother-in-law and 3-year-old nephew in the suburbs — only to become their nanny. Starring Rose Byrne, Nick Kroll and Bobby Cannavale.
Atlantic. - Jan-Willem van Ewijk, Netherlands/Belgium/Germany/Morocco - World Premiere
After watching European tourists come and go for many years, Fettah takes off on an epic ocean journey along the Moroccan Atlantic coast to Europe on a windsurf board. Starring Fettah Lamara, Thekla Reuten and Mohamed Majd.
The Crow’s Egg (Kaakkaa Muttai) - M. Manikandan, India - World Premiere
When a pizza parlour opens on their old playground, two carefree slum boys are consumed by the desire to taste this new-fangled dish. Realizing that one pizza costs more than their family’s monthly income, they begin to plot ways to earn more money —inadvertently beginning an adventure that will involve the entire city.
Dukhtar - Afia Nathaniel, Pakistan/USA/Norway - World Premiere
Fleeing with her 10-year-old daughter after the girl is promised in marriage as part of a peace treaty, the wife of a tribal chieftain is pursued through the mountains by both her husband and the intended groom’s henchmen. Starring Samiya Mumtaz, Mohib Mirza and Saleha Aref.
Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere (Ðap Cánh Giua Không Trung) - Nguyen Hoang Diep, Vietnam - North American Premiere
Huyen, a pregnant teenage girl, reluctantly agrees to prostitute herself in order to make money for an abortion. When the only customer willing to give her money has a fetish for her pregnant belly, things get complicated. Starring Nguyen Thuy Anh, Tran Bao Son, Ha Hoang and Thanh Duy Pham Tran.
The Great Man (Le Grand Homme) - Sarah Leonor, France - World Premiere
Recuperating in Paris after being wounded in Afghanistan, a French Foreign Legion soldier is reunited with the man who saved his life and unexpectedly finds himself able to repay his debt when he is compelled to take care of the man’s young son. Starring Jérémie Renier, Surho Sugaipov and Ramzan Idiev.
I am not Lorena (No soy Lorena) - Isidora Marras, Chile/Argentina - World Premiere
Fraudulent charges aimed at a certain “Lorena Ruiz” begin to plague Olivia, who descends into the dark labyrinth of the Chilean payment collection system to confront the unknown woman. However, each step deeper into the underworld progressively blurs the line between Olivia and Lorena’s real identities. Starring Loreto Aravena, Paulina García and Maureen Junott.
The Intruder (Infiltrant) - Shariff Korver, Netherlands - World Premiere
The Intruder follows an ambitious young Dutch-Moroccan policeman who infiltrates one of the most notorious criminal families in Amsterdam and finds himself torn between his conscious desire for recognition in his profession and his unconscious desire for a home and an identity. Starring Nasrdin Dchar, Walid Benmbarek and Rachid el Ghazaoui.
La Salada - Juan Martín Hsu, Argentina - World Premiere
La Salada depicts the experience of new immigrants in Argentina told through three stories that take place in La Salada — the largest informal market in Argentina. A group of characters from different ethnic origins struggle against loneliness and uprooting. Starring Ignacio Huang, Yunseon Kim, Chang Sun Kim and Nicolás Mateo.
Life in a Fishbowl (Vonarstræti) - Baldvin Zophoníasson, Iceland/Finland/Sweden/Czech Republic - International Premiere
Life in a Fishbowl is about three people whose lives are intertwined. After a horrible tragedy, a writer drinks himself into oblivion on a 20-year binge. A young single mom moonlights as a prostitute to make ends meet. A former soccer star is recruited into the snake pit of international banking and loses touch with his family. Starring Hera Hilmar, Thorsteinn Bachmann and Thor Kristjansson.
The Little Death - Josh Lawson, Australia - International Premiere
The Little Death, which marks the arrival of Australian writer-director Josh Lawson, is both an edgy sex comedy and a warm-hearted depiction of the secret lives of five suburban couples living in Sydney. Lawson's searing and sometimes shocking screenplay weaves together a story that explores a range of sexual fetishes and the repercussions that come with sharing them. Starring Josh Lawson, Bojana Novakovic, Damon Herriman and Kate Mulvany.
Los Hongos - Oscar Ruiz Navia, Colombia/Argentina/France/Germany - North American Premiere
The second feature from Colombian director Oscar Ruiz Navia (Crab Trap) follows two young street artists as they explore the vibrant and exciting milieu of the director’s hometown of Cali. Starring Jovan Alexis Marquinez Angulo “Ras” and Calvin Buenaventura Tascón.
Magical Girl - Carlos Vermut, Spain - World Premiere
Desperate to fulfill his terminally ill daughter’s last wish, a grief-stricken man plunges into a vortex of blackmail, deception and double-cross in this deliriously stylized noir thriller from dynamic young Spanish director Carlos Vermut. Starring José Sacristán, Bárbara Lennie, Luis Bermejo and Lucía Pollán.
Mardan - Batin Ghobadi, Kurdistan - World Premiere
Leyla is a young woman who goes to Iraq with her four-year-old son in search of her missing husband. She seeks help from a policeman named Mardan. During the process Mardan finds himself falling in love with Leyla. Starring Hossein Hassan, Helan Abdullah, Esmail Zagros and Feyaz Duman.
May Allah Bless France! (Qu’Allah bénisse la France!) - Abd Al Malik, France - World Premiere
The true story of a French teenager rising out of the underprivileged suburbs through love, education and rap music. Regis is a culturally gifted boy who dreams of success for his rap band, but he must accept drug money for the sake of his project. Discovering Islam and love, he bears with the harsh loss and paybacks of delinquency, until he finds the strength to express himself through music and slam-poetry — and ultimately becomes a major artist of the French music scene. Starring Marc Zinga, Sabrina Ouazani and Larouci Didi.
The Narrow Frame of Midnight (Itar el-Layl) - Tala Hadid, Morocco/United Kingdom/France - World Premiere
Moroccan-Iraqi director Tala Hadid’s brooding first feature laces the intersecting destinies of three characters who will alternately rescue one another and continue on their respective journeys. Zacaria, a Moroccan/Iraqi writer is looking for his missing brother, Aïcha is a young orphan sold to a petty criminal, and Judith yearns to have a child. A meditation on redemption with an evocative urgency. Starring Khalid Abdalla, Marie-Josée Croze, Fadwa Boujouane and Hocine Choutri.
OBRA - Gregorio Graziosi, Brazil - World Premiere
In the heavily populated city of São Paulo, Brazil, a young architect discovers a clandestine cemetery while walking through the worksite of his first important project. As terrible memories float back, he must struggle with his conscience and question his own heritage. Starring Irandhir Santos, Lola Peploe, Julio Andrade and Marku Ribas.
Run = Philippe Lacôte, France/Ivory Coast - North American Premiere
In his first fiction feature, with irreverent humour and an unflinching subjective voice, director Philippe Lacôte refracts the fraught and blood-drenched history of the Ivory Coast through the story of a young man’s 20-year journey from country boy to political militant to assassin. Starring Abdoul Karim Konaté, Isaach De Bankolé, Reine Sali Coulibaly and Abdoul Bah.
Second Coming - Debbie Tucker Green, United Kingdom - World Premiere
Jackie is pregnant and knows it’s not her husband Mark’s. She says she’s slept with nobody else. Mark and their son JJ don't know what to say. Second Coming follows this family over a year as they navigate their way through the aftermath of an unexplained pregnancy. Starring Nadine Marshall, Idris Elba, Kai Francis-Lewis and Sharlene Whyte.
Senza nessuna pietà - Michele Alhaique, Italy - International Premiere
A loyal Mafia enforcer becomes a hunted man when he protects a beautiful young escort from his boss’ sadistic son. Starring Pierfrancesco Favino and Greta Scarano.
Stories of Our Lives - Anonymous, Kenya - World Premiere
Stories of Our Lives adapts five short stories assembled by a small Nairobi-based multi-disciplinary arts collective and inspired by real life testimonies from persons who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex. Presented without accreditation in order to protect its makers from punitive reprisals, Stories of Our Lives is both a labour of love and a bold act of militancy, defying the enforced silence of intolerance with tales rooted in the soil of lived experience.
Sway - Rooth Tang, USA/France/Thailand - World Premiere
The lives of three generations of Asian immigrants play out across three different cities: in Paris, a young man returns to his girlfriend as family trouble brews back home in the United States; in Bangkok, a young couple prepares for their move to the U.S.; and in Los Angeles, a woman marries into the family of a Japanese widower. Starring Matt Wu, Huang Lu, Ananda Everingham and Sajee Apiwong.
Theeb - Naji Abu Nowar, Jordan/Qatar/United Arab Emirates/United Kingdom - North American Premiere
In the Ottoman province of Hejaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination. Naji Abu Nowar’s first feature was shot in the Jordanian desert, with the last Bedouin tribe to settle down. Starring Jacir Eid, Hussein Salameh, Hassan Mutlag, Marji Audeh and Jack Fox.
The Tribe (Plemya) - Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, Ukraine - North American Premiere
A deaf mute teenager enters a specialized boarding school where, to survive, he becomes part of a wild organization — the Tribe. His love for one of the concubines will unwillingly lead him to break all the unwritten rules within the Tribe’s hierarchy. Starring Yana Novikova and Grigoriy Fesenko.
UNLUCKY PLAZA - Ken Kwek, Singapore - World Premiere
Onassis Hernandez was once the proud owner of Singapore’s most popular Filipino diner. But a food poisoning scandal triggered by a disgruntled cook has left him on the brink of bankruptcy. When he is further outdone by a financial scam, Onassis takes a group of people hostage in a millionaire’s bungalow. The crisis is captured on video and sparks an international outcry. Will Onassis be pronounced a victim or a villain? Based on true events. Starring Epy Quizon, Adrian Pang and Judee Tan.
The Vanished Elephant (El Elefante Desaparecido) - Javier Fuentes-León, Peru/Colombia/Spain - World Premiere
Edo Celeste, a renowned crime novelist, is obsessed with the disappearance of his fiancée during the 2007 earthquake in Peru. Seven years later, an enigmatic woman brings Edo dozens of cryptic photos that will help him solve the mystery of her disappearance. Starring Salvador del Solar, Angie Cepeda, Lucho Cáceres and Tatiana Astengo.
Villa Touma - Suha Arraf - North American Premiere
Three unmarried aristocratic Christian sisters from Ramallah have shut themselves in their villa clinging desperately to their former glory, until their orphan niece, Badia, walks into their lives and turns their world upside down. The sisters see it as their mission to marry her to an eligible Christian man. Starring Nisreen Faour, Ula Tabari, Cherien Dabis and Maria Zreik.
X +Y - Morgan Matthews, United Kingdom - World Premiere
Young mathematics prodigy Nathan struggles with people but finds comfort in numbers. When Nathan wins a place at the Mathematics Olympiad, he develops unfamiliar feelings for his Chinese counterpart, the beautiful Zhang Mei. Ultimately this is Nathan’s journey towards discovering the unfathomable experience of first love. Starring Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan and Jo Yang.
Previously announced titles in the Discovery programme include: Adam MacDonald’s Backcountry, Jeffrey St. Jules’ Bang Bang Baby, Jefferson Moneo’s Big Muddy, Mathieu Denis’ Corbo, Pat Mills’ Guidance, Albert Shin’s In Her Place, Kris Elgstrand’s Songs She Wrote About People She Knows, Kyle Thomas’ The Valley Below, Jordan Canning’s We Were Wolves and Lindsay MacKay’s Wet Bum.
Labyrinthus - Douglas Boswell, Belgium - International Premiere
Frikke, a 14-year-old boy, comes across a computer game and discovers that it’s being played with real children. In a race against time, Frikke tries to find the evil creator of this horrible game. Starring Emma Verlinden, Spencer Bogaert, Felix Maesschalck and Pepijn Caudron.
Paper Planes - Robert Connolly, Australia - International Premiere
An imaginative family film about a young Australian boy’s passion for flight and his challenge to compete in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan. Starring Sam Worthington and Ed Oxenbould.
Secrets of War (Oorlogsgeheimen) - Dennis Bots, Netherlands/Belgium/Luxembourg - International Premiere
Against the background of WWII, Tuur’s trust in his best friend Lambert is tested when both boys befriend Maartje, who has a secret that endangers their lives and friendship. Starring Maas Bronkhuyzen, Joes Brauers and Pippa Allen.
Song of the Sea - Tomm Moore, Ireland/Luxembourg/Belgium/France/Denmark - World Premiere
The much anticipated second feature from Oscar-nominated director Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells), Song of the Sea tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse as they embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. Starring Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan and Pat Shortt.
NEXT WAVE (a selection of films from other programs)
Big Game - Jalmari Helander, Finland/United Kingdom/Germany (Midnight Madness) - World Premiere
Girlhood (Bande de filles) - Céline Sciamma, France (Contemporary World Cinema) - North American Premiere
Guidance - Pat Mills, Canada (Discovery) - World Premiere
Laggies - Lynn Shelton, USA (Gala) - International Premiere
Men, Women & Children - Jason Reitman, USA (Special Presentations) - World Premiere
National Diploma (Examen d’Etat) - Dieudo Hamadi, France/Congo (TIFF Docs) - North American Premiere
Tokyo Fiancée - Stefan Liberski, Belgium/Canada/France (Contemporary World Cinema) - World Premiere
Wet Bum - Lindsay MacKay, Canada (Discovery) - World Premiere
What We Do In The Shadows - Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, USA/ New Zealand (Midnight Madness) - Canadian Premiere
X + Y - Morgan Matthews, United Kingdom (Discovery) - World Premiere
MANIFESTO (a selection of films from other programs)
Beyond the Lights - Gina Prince-Bythewood, USA (Special Presentations) - World Premiere
The Dark Horse - James Napier Robertson, New Zealand (Contemporary World Cinema) - International Premiere
Eden - Mia Hansen-Løve, France (Special Presentations) - World Premiere
Infinitely Polar Bear - Maya Forbes, USA (Special Presentations) - Canadian Premiere
May Allah Bless France! (Qu'Allah bénisse la France!) - Abd Al Malik, France (Discovery) - World Premiere
Run - Philippe Lacôte, France/Ivory Coast (Discovery) - North American Premiere
Samba - Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, France (Gala) - World Premiere
Seymour: An Introduction - Ethan Hawke, USA (TIFF Docs) - International Premiere
Top Five - Chris Rock, USA (Special Presentations) - World Premiere
Whiplash - Damien Chazelle, USA (Special Presentations) - Canadian Premiere
The following filmmakers and artists are expected to attend the Toronto International Film Festival:
Naji Abu Nowar, James Adolphus, Michele Alhaique, Lisandro Alonso, Kiki Álvarez, Yuri Ancarani, Roy Andersson, Sarik Andreasyan, Juanfer Andrés, Theo Anthony, Olivier Assayas, Robin Aubert, Barry Avrich, Ramin Bahrani, Jaume Balagueró, Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, Daniel Barber, Daniel Barnz, Rebecca Baron, Sophie Barthes, Eric Baudelaire, Noah Baumbach, Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Justin Benson, Nils Bergendal, Dana Berman Duff, Anahí Berneri, Paul Bettany, Susanne Bier, Charles Binamé, Mike Binder, Vincent Biron, Baran bo Odar, Shonali Bose, Scott Brachmayer, Adam Brooks, Israel Cárdenas, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Damien Chazelle, Peter Chelsom, Andrew Cividino, Mary Helena Clark, Isabel Coixet, Saverio Costanzo, Paul Cowan, David Cronenberg, Harold Crooks, Ernesto Daranas, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Siebren de Haan, Mijke de Jong, Yann Demange, Lav Diaz, David Dobkin, Xavier Dolan, Andrea Dorfman, Sotiris Dounoukos, Lee Do-yun, Fabrice Du Welz, Kaveh Ebrahimpour, Martin Edralin, Kris Elgstrand, Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz, Tony Elliott, Martine Époque, Santiago Esteinou, Chris Evans, Sean Evans, Philippe Falardeau, Lixin Fan, Alexander Farah, Sepideh Farsi, Pascale Ferran, Severin Fiala, Fluorescent Hill, Anne Fontaine, Maya Forbes, Alain Fournier, James Franco, Veronika Franz, Toa Fraser, Sol Friedman, René Frölke, Tor Fruergaard, Antoine Fuqua, Sarah Galea-Davis, Connor Gaston, Ole Giæver, Dan Gilroy, Dana Gingras, François Girard, Shaun Gladwell, Richard Glatzer, Rob Grant, David Gordon Green, Eugène Green, Sturla Gunnarsson, Laura Amelia Guzmán, Szabolcs Hajdu, Dieudo Hamadi, Bent Hamer, Mia Hansen-Løve, Ning Hao, Hal Hartley, Mark Hartley, Ethan Hawke, Jalmari Helander, Ryuichi Hiroki, Nguyen Hoang Diep, Margaret Honda, Israel Horovitz, Slater Jewell-Kemker, Cristián Jiménez, Boo Ji-Young, Gerard Johnson, July Jung, Park Jung-bum, Chang Jung-Chi, Zvonimir Jurić, Marie-Ève Juste, Serhat Karaaslan, Yassmina Karajah, Dome Karukoski, Ross Katz, Matthew Kennedy, Robert Kenner, Nino Kirtadze, Arlen Konopaki, Panos H. Koutras, Omung Kumar, Juris Kursietis, Kim Kyung-man, Richard LaGravenese, Joel Lamangan, Alexandre Larose, Michelle Latimer, Andrew Lau, Mélanie Laurent, Josh Lawson, Elizabeth Lazebnik, François Leduc, Mike Leigh, Jean-Baptiste Leonetti, Barry Levinson, Shawn Levy, Ben Lewis, Richard Loncraine, Andrew Loo, Julie Lopes Curval, Zhang Lu, Frieda Luk, Johann Lurf, Adam MacDonald, Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir, Caroline Mailloux, Nilesh Maniyar, Mikael Marcimain, T. Marie, Carolina Markowicz, Isidora Marras, James Marsh, Lynne Marsh, Philip Martin, Mario Martone, Thomas McCarthy, Dave McKean, Santiago Menghini, Bennett Miller, Pat Mills, Reza Mirkarimi, Jyoti Mistry, Ako Mitchell, David Robert Mitchell, Jefferson Moneo, Grayson Moore, Michael Moore, Tomm Moore, Aaron Moorhead, Oren Moverman, Francesco Munzi, Ruba Nadda, Olivier Nakache, Tetsuya Nakashima, Afia Nathaniel, Andrew Niccol, Laura Nix, Jonathan Nossiter, Ryan J. Noth, Alanis Obomsawin, David Oelhoffen, Randall Okita, Joshua Oppenheimer, Luis Ortega, Ruben Östlund, Hlynur Pálmason, Kelvin Kyung Kun Park, Christian Petzold, Yim Pil-sung, Joana Pimenta, Matías Piñeiro, Shira Piven, Gabe Polsky, Denis Poulin, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Megha Ramaswamy, Hamy Ramezan, Matthew Rankin, Jason Reitman, Martin Rejtman, Giulio Ricciarelli, Alan Rickman, Chris Rock, Esteban Roel, Alberto Roldán, Oscar Ruiz Navia, Samir, Christophe M. Saber, Benny Safdie, Joshua Safdie, Ghassan Salhab, Fernanda Salloum, Feike Santbergen, Marjane Satrapi, Sylvia Schedelbauer, Lone Scherfig, Céline Sciamma, Liew Seng Tat, Kim Seong-hun, Jacques Servin, Lynn Shelton, Raha Shirazi, Amer Shomali, Amie Siegel, Carlos Siguion-Reyna, Kevin Smith, Sion Sono, Jeffrey St. Jules, Jon Stewart, Mike Stoltz, Marah Strauch, Peter Strickland, Amanda Strong, Shim Sung-Bo, Mariama Sylla, Damian Szifron, Isao Takahata, Jordan Tannahill, Julie Taymor, David Tedeschi, Frank Ternier, David Thorpe, Jacob Tierney, Eric Toledano, Clément Trehin-Lalanne, Shinya Tsukamoto, André Turpin, Morten Tyldum, JP Valkeapää, Igor Vamos, Lonnie van Brummelen, Jan-Willem van Ewijk, Pieter Van Hees, Marte Vold, Calum Walter, Wayne Wapeemukwa, Matthew Warchus, Roger Waters, Wash Westmoreland, Blake Williams, Adam Wingard, Michael Winterbottom, Frederick Wiseman, Ray Wong, Wang Xiaoshuai, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries (Young-hae Chang and Marc Voge), Adilkhan Yerzhanov, Zhang Yimou, Soon-Mi Yoo, Jeffrey Zablotny, Krzysztof Zanussi, Baldvin Zophoníasson, Christian Zübert, Mich’ael Zupraner, Andrey Zvyaginstev, Edward Zwick and Antoinette Zwirchmayr.
The following actors are expected to attend the Toronto International Film Festival:
Liam Aiken, Jennifer Aniston, Loreto Aravena, Gemma Arterton, Dorothy Atkinson, Charlotte Aubin, Marion Bailey, Ellen Barkin, Isaach De Bankolé, Jason Bateman, Haley Bennett, Sonja Bennett, Melissa Benoist, Juliette Binoche, Evan Bird, Douglas Booth, John Boylan, Jordana Brewster, Connie Britton, Daniel Brühl, Arabella Bushnell, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Steve Carell, Josh Charles, Justin Chatwin, Justin Chon, Priyanka Chopra, Hayden Christensen, Sam Claflin, Richard Clarkin, Patricia Clarkson, Suzanne Clément, Jennifer Connelly, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kevin Costner, Marton Csokas, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Cusack, Rosario Dawson, Benicio del Toro, Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Zhou Dongyu, Vincent D'Onofrio, Sarah Doucet, Michael Douglas, Robert Downey Jr., Brad Dryborough, Ger Duany, Robert Duvall, Ansel Elgort, Jillian Estell, Alice Eve, Vera Farmiga, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Morgan Freeman, Sarah Gadon, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gael García Bernal, Andrew Garfield, Jennifer Garner, Richard Gere, Greta Gerwig, Sophie Goulet, Holliday Grainger, Aidan Greene, Jessica Gunning, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kathryn Hahn, David Harbour, Alex Harrouch, Ken Harrower, Salma Hayek, Hannah Herzsprung, Dustin Hoffman, Nina Hoss, Holly Hunter, Max Irons, Jeremy Irvine, Johnny Issaluk, Christopher Jacot, Emmanuel Jal, Sian James, Felicity Jones, Jeremy Jordan, Reda Kateb, Diane Keaton, Catherine Keener, Anna Kendrick, Tory Kittles, Kevin Kline, Keira Knightley, Mpho Koaho, Chandia Bernadette Kodili, Nick Kroll, Lilianna La Greca, Allen Leech, Melissa Leo, Jane Levy, Justin Long, Alex Loubert, Steven Love, Elyas M´Barek, Anthony Mackie, Chris Mackie, Marte Magnusdotter Solem, Tobey Maguire, Brit Marling, Faye Marsay, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Meunier, Anthony Michael Hall, Antoine Monot Jr., Maika Monroe, Julianne Moore, Chloë Grace Moretz, Viggo Mortensen, Bill Murray, Ahmed Muslimani, Bill Nighy, Arnold Oceng, Jack O'Connell, Haley Joel Osment, Muna Otaru, Al Pacino, Nate Parker, Michael Parks, Robert Pattinson, Alex Paxton-Beesley, Jaime Pebanco, Simon Pegg, Lee Perkins, Rosamund Pike, Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Plummer, Maxime Pomerleau, Colin Price, Bill Pullman, Tahar Rahim, Vanessa Redgrave, Eddie Redmayne, Ryan Reynolds, Sam Rockwell, Genesis Rodriguez, Mark Ruffalo, Rene Russo, Adam Sandler, Romnick Sarmenta, Dan Savage, Tom Schilling, Ben Schnetzer, Ben Schwartz, Andrew Scott, Alexey Serebryakov, Amanda Seyfried, Michael Shannon, Dax Shepard, Tye Sheridan, Aidan Shipley, Bob Silvers, J.K. Simmons, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Ross Smith, Timothy Spall, Peter Spence, Abigail Spencer, Octavia Spencer, Hailee Steinfeld, Dan Stevens, Ben Stiller, Corey Stoll, Peter Stormare, Ma Su, Omar Sy, Channing Tatum, Miles Teller, Aliaune “Akon” Thiam, John Travolta, Alexandre Vallerand, Garrett Wareing, Denzel Washington, Ernardi Watimin, Danny Webb, Dominic West, Kuoth Wiel, Kristen Wiig, Cassie Williams, Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon, Jung Woo-sung, Sam Worthington, Han Ye-ri and Zhao Wei.
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